LED Instead Of Light Bulb-How Do I Find The Right Replacement?

How do I find the right LED as a replacement for my light bulb? This question has already been asked by all who are slowly and surely converting to environmentally friendly and energy-saving LEDs. The exchange is not quite easy, since one has to pay attention to other criteria when buying, than at that time with the light bulb. We explain step by step how to find the right LED replacement for its light bulb.

Step 1: Select The Right Brightness

First, you should look at its old light, how much watts this had. In the case of the old light bulbs, Watts were the most important indicator of brightness. Not for nothing is the “60 watt light bulb” still today. The first step has been done since you know which light bulb you want to replace with an LED.

The most important criterion when buying a new LED is for the brightness. The brightness of an LED can not be specified in watts, as is the light bulb, because LEDs have significantly less watts than light bulbs. This is also one of its essential advantages – less watt means primarily less power consumption. It is possible to see how bright an LED is compared to a light bulb, but this figure is not exact. So if you do not want to go too deeply into matter, you can orient yourself to this table:

This table can be seen very well, because one saves so much electricity with LEDs. If one shares the consumptions (10.5 watts/60 watts=18%) one sees that the LED consumes on average only 18% of what an old light bulb consumes. Thus one can save with an LED 82% current compared to a light bulb.

Exact data on the brightness of an LED, however, only makes the value lumen.This should be taken as the basis for replacing light bulbs with LEDs and placing an exact, consistent brightness on the light.

Brightness of a light bulb

in lumen

25 watts 230 lumens
40 watts 430 lumens
60 watts 730 lumens
100 watts 1380 lumens

So if you want to replace a 60 watt light bulb, you should look for an LED with at least 730 lumens. The current LED models usually have slightly more lumens than the comparable light bulb model. The exact lumen value can vary. Thus, 60 watt LED bulb replacement lights have about 800 lumens. The information on the lumens is always on the product packaging or in the product description.The following table shows how much lumens the new LEDs have in comparison to the glow:

LED Light bulb
25 watt replacement Approx.250 lumens 230 lumens
40 watt replacement Approx. 500 lumens 430 lumens
60 watt replacement Approx. 800 lumens 730 lumens

This step has already made the most difficult part on the way to the right light bulb replacement.

Step 2 Select The Correct Version

If you have found the right brightness of your new LED, you should opt for a version. If you want to replace an old light bulb, you can check which version the old light bulb had. The sockets have not changed during the jump from light bulb to LED. The most common versions are still E27, E14, GU10, GU5.3 and GU4.

Step 3 Select The Correct Shape

Just like the old light bulb, there are also the new light bulb replacement LED in various forms. The classic pear shape has been preserved for us as well as the candle shape or the globular shape. Of course there are also LED spots, which replace the old halogen spots. For exchanging LEDs instead of halogen there is an exact instruction.

Step 4 Select The Right Color Temperature

Also new for LEDs is the selection criterion color temperature. Light bulbs always had the same color temperature, with a 60 watt light bulb at 2700 Kelvin (K). LEDs can be purchased at different color temperatures. Depending on the LED, the buyer can decide which color temperature he prefers at the site.

Kelvin Light source
2600 K Light Bulb (40W)
2700 K Light Bulb (60 W)
2800K Light Bulb (100 W)
2700-2800K Halogen lamp (high voltage)
3000-3200 K Halogen lamp (low voltage)
4000 K Fluorescent lamp (neutral white)

If you want to have your new LED light bulb replacement just as bright as the model, you should have a warm white color temperature of 2700 K. A slightly colder light makes LEDs with a color temperature of 4000 K or more.

Color temperature of an LED Kelvin
warm white 2500-300 K
Neutral white 3500-4000 K
daylight 4000 – 7000 K

Step 5 Select The Right Product Property

With the light bulb replacement LED you have also the possibility to choose between different product characteristics: matt or transparent or dimmable or not dimmable.

Matt / transparent
The standard LED is matt. There are, however, some models which allow the customer to choose between a transparent or a matte glass.

Unlike all incandescent bulbs, not all LEDs are dimmable. If you want to dim its LED, you have to pay attention to dimmable LEDs.